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Miami-Dade Wants Tax Interest Money Back

by Tony Garcia, Fort Lauderdale, December 2020

 

Some property owners in Miami-Dade County, Florida whose successful appeals were settled prior to going to a Value Adjustment Board hearing must now pay back a portion of their interest proceeds.

 

The Case

 

The tax collector was withholding interest on tax refunds for 2011-2015. A class action lawsuit was filed to enforce the interest payments.

 

In 2018, the tax collector paid out interest funds to all parties but did not deduct attorney fees. A District Court ruling now requires owners to repay a portion of their interest proceeds to cover investigative and legal costs.

 

Penalties for Non-payment

 

Letters were mailed to property owners impacted. The Pro Rata Obligation must be paid within 45 days from the date of the letter.

 

Failure to repay the county will result in additional collection efforts, including but not limited to the sale of a tax certificate at a later date, and may result in additional costs and interest due.